Farah denied final gold

  • Farah denied final gold

Farah denied final gold

2012 world youth champion Edris, 23, produced a strong charge on the final stretch to lift his first ever major senior world title in 13:32.79, leaving two-time Olympic 5,000 titlist and newly crowned 10,000m victor Farah, 34, to the second place in 13:33.22.

Ethiopian Muktar Edris won gold in the 5000m at the World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday night.

American Paul Chelimo finished third in 13:33.30.

Sir Mo, victor of five successive world or Olympic finals in the 5,000m since triumphing in the South Korean city six years ago, has vowed to focus only on road races after this season.

Kenya entirely missed out on a medal with the only representative Cyrus Rutto crossing the finish line 13th after losing out on gas in the final two laps of an electric race. After that, the pace slowed drastically, which has historically played into Farah's strengths as he is one of the best in the world over the final 600m-800m of a distance race.

Farah normally takes charge on the final lap but this time, following a tactical affair, he found himself playing catch-up over the final 400m as Edris and his fellow Ethopian Yomif Kejelcha led the way.

"I gave it everything", said Farah, who is moving up to the marathon.

"It's not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised", said Sir Mo.

Even before then, the race had been taxing, Farah said. "I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him".

"It is what it is, I just meant that I was going to take Mo down", said Chelimo.

"Mo has many victories but now I have one".

After success on the European stage, Farah was gearing up for another World Championships and decided that he would move to Portland, Oregon full-time and start work with a new coach, Alberto Salazar.

"It's been a long journey back from injury, but to get this moment and go and celebrate in front of my family is unreal".

"Over the years you guys have done many things to build a person up and then bring them back down and the reality is.I'm going to still keep working, keep fighting and making my country proud". I didn't have a single bit left at the end.

"I am the next champion".